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June 2017 Blog Posts (15)

What's Happening with 1031 Repeal in Washington?

The uncertainty continues as to what, if anything, will happen to section #1031 under the Republican’s proposals for tax reform. While some analysts believe 1031 excahnges are safe for the moment, there are subtle signs that – if any major tax overhauls do happen – this important part of real estate deals may disappear without incentivizing offsets.

Check out The Real Deal’s recent analysis …


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 29, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

Is it All or Nothing with a 1031 Exchange?

One question I’m often asked is whether an investor can conduct a partial #1031 exchange. I am happy to answer with a definitive yes. After all, a 1031 exchange offers a very flexible approach to trading investments to maximize long-term growth, and this includes opting to complete a full or partial exchange. Allowing for a partial exchange permits the investor flexibility to address current needs.

A partial exchange allows the investor to choose whether to defer some capital gains…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 29, 2017 at 6:36am — No Comments

How Will Hotel Companies be Impacted by Repeal of Section 1031?

Usually, when investors think about section #1031 and look to the potential actions in Washington, all eyes are on individual transactions. But as this article shows, a potential repeal of 1031 exchanges will also have a dramatic direct impact on the hotel industry and hotel real estate investment trusts.

Advisory firm Green Street has stated that like-kind exchanges are used in 10-20 percent of all commercial real estate transactions. Hotels make up a significant share of those…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 28, 2017 at 7:13am — No Comments

The Mortgage Note Landscape In 2017

What does the mortgage note landscape look like in 2017?

What trends are emerging in the mortgage note marketplace this year? How have deals changed? Where are the opportunities for note investors now? What could shake things up over the next few months?

Performing First Mortgage Liens

The re-performing first mortgage market is one of the strongest in this sector. Tens of billions of dollars in UPB (Unpaid Principal Balance) are being traded annually - most of which…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on June 27, 2017 at 1:49am — No Comments

How Will Your 1031 Exchange Affect Your State Income Taxes?

As a qualified intermediary and licensed real estate professional, I’ve personally seen the surge in taxpayers leveraging the power of a #1031 exchange. It is a great way to defer capital gains taxes and more quickly build a portfolio of business or investment properties.

Yet one area where more than one taxpayer has been caught out involves the impact of state income tax liability on the transactions, particularly when it comes to interstate exchanges. Since broadening geographic…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 22, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

5 Note Investment Strategies To Consider This Summer

This summer offers a flurry of note investment opportunities. What strategies will you add to your portfolio to keep things sizzling this season?

Summer is peak season in the real estate and mortgage industry. That presents many new opportunities to investors who want to restructure, secure their positions, and heat up their returns. Consider these five strategies to get more of what you want from your investments…

1. Diversify

Maybe you have just been getting going with…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on June 21, 2017 at 9:19am — No Comments

I Own an Easement Interest - Can I Trade It in a 1031 Exchange?

Although section #1031 of the IRS code has been around since 1921, there are still some misconceptions about them. One issue that comes up with more regularity than you might think is the concept of exchanging easement interests (conservation or agricultural). First, can they be considered as “like-kind” to real estate? Second, do they qualify for an exchange.

The IRS issued several private letter rulings finding that certain types of conservation and agricultural easements are, in…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 20, 2017 at 7:42am — No Comments

The (not so) Hidden Downside to Repeal of Section 1031

Although it seems unlikely that any significant tax reform is coming out of Washington anytime soon, it pays to keep an eye on what the administration plans to do with section #1031 – if anything.

For years, rumors and proposals have been swirling about caps or a partial or full repeal. And while nobody has a crystal ball, understanding the ramifications of limits on 1031 exchanges is a must for anyone involved in the industry.

One big (yet often overlooked) aspect is the…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 16, 2017 at 5:31am — No Comments

Triple Net Lease (NNN) Essentials

In today’s uncertain economic times, traditional investments provide neither the stability or meaningful returns that investors seek. Perhaps that is why interest in net-leased, single-tenant real estate is skyrocketing. But for the casual investor, these properties – commonly called NNN or STNL in the industry – remain somewhat of a mystery.

Before you embark on an investment of this type, it is important to understand the basics surrounding these appealing and flexible investment…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 15, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments

Understanding the "Greater or Equal Value Rule" In a 1031 Exchange

As if there weren’t enough rules to follow when completing a valid #1031 exchange (45 days to identify replacement property, 180 days to close, etc.), the IRS throws another wrench into the works. It has to do with the value of the replacement property.

In order for your exchange to be valid and completely avoid paying capital gains taxes on the sale of your relinquished property, the IRS requires the net market value (including equity) of your replacement property to be the same as,…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 14, 2017 at 2:23pm — No Comments

How To Maximize Investing For Retirement

Check out these tools for fast tracking your retirement investing, and kicking taxes to the curb…

Individual investors have many legal tools at their disposal. These tools and investment vehicles can be used to reduce taxes, speed up wealth building, boost passive income generation, and reduce risk. Yet, many are not using them, at least not to their full advantage. Don’t let another month go by without seeing how these can do wonders for your financial goals.

1. Solo(k)…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on June 14, 2017 at 9:38am — No Comments

How To Handle Acquiring Properties With Tenants

What’s the best way to handle property acquisitions where you may be inheriting tenants?

Is buying properties with existing tenants smart? If so, how can real estate investors navigate this minefield? What due diligence and evaluation should investors do before they close the deal?

The Issues & Advantages of Buying Properties with Tenants

Some investors focus on searching for properties with existing tenants. It can give them confidence that the property is desirable…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on June 14, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Note Investing: 3 Reasons NPNs May Be A Great Deal This Summer

Wondering if this is a good time to get in, or scale up your note investing?

Bought right and managed well, non-performing notes can have great potential in all types of market conditions. Yet, there are several factors that may make the next few months an even more profitable season for mortgage note investors.

1. The Economy is Looking Up

Jobs and wages are doing a little better in many categories. Stocks are certainly up, even if the fundamentals don’t justify it.…


Added by Fuquan Bilal on June 14, 2017 at 9:37am — No Comments

Got a Sticky 1031 Exchange Situation? Ask for a Private Letter Ruling

Any investor interested in conducting 1031 exchanges should be familiar with Private Letter Rulings (PLR) issued by the Internal Revenue Service. While many investors will never seek a PLR themselves, they will often rely on other rulings for guidance when conducting their own exchange.

A Private Letter Ruling is a written statement issued by the IRS in response to a taxpayer’s formal request for guidance. The PLR interprets and applies tax laws to a specific set of…


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 10, 2017 at 11:03am — No Comments

The Experts Weigh In On Section 1031 Reform

With things as chaotic as ever in Washington, DC, the threat of a big tax overhaul may be temporarily lost in the shuffle. However, when attention is once again focused on tax code modifications, where will section 1031 fall within the changes?

A recent article in Commercial Property Executive explored the idea of 1031 repeal. Based on the responses in their article, many industry experts do not feel strongly that the elimination of 1031 exchanges will make the cut. Read more …


Added by Dr. Robert G. Hetsler, Jr. on June 9, 2017 at 11:02am — No Comments

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